JAKARTA (XINHUA) – Three people were killed and four others went missing as flash floods struck Indonesia’s province of Central Sulawesi, and a search operation for the missing is underway, a senior local disaster agency officer said yesterday.
Heavy downpours triggered the natural disaster that submerged all the houses in the Torue village of the Parigi Moutong district, said head of the operational unit of the district’s disaster management agency Idran MT Lopi.
“The water suddenly came and submerged all houses and buildings in our village last night,”
“After the impacted areas were checked, three people were killed and four others remained missing, while search and rescue office’s personnel are looking for the missing people now,” he told Xinhua by phone.
As the water submerged the houses by about one metre high, villagers took shelters in higher grounds, he said, adding that evacuation centres and centres of logistics have been set up for disaster relief.